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East Midlands League
Zuzana Pramukova scored both goals as Nettleham reached the semi finals of the League Cup with a 2-1 win away to Premier Division Shepshed Dynamo. Long Eaton Utd defeated Radcliffe Olympic Res 5-0 thanks to doubles from Nicola Smith and Lucie Johnstone, plus a Jody Hancock strike, whilst Gedling Town also progressed by scoring five without reply away to Barrowby, Sarah Wright hitting a hat-trick with Katie McCrorie and Hayley Brown also on target.
In the League Plate, Ruddington Village caused a surprise when winning 2-1 away to Division One North leaders Steel City Wanderers. Deb West and Holly Brindley netted their goals with Maria Burns replying. AFC Trinity are also through to the last four after Lynsey Jelley, Sam Christie, Hayley Gallacchi and an own goal gave them a 4-0 victory over West Bridgford.
One match was played in the Premier Division but it saw the title race as Sandiacre Town defeated league leaders Mansfield Town 2-1, Natalie Loughenbury scoring both goals.
Arnold Town lifted themselves into fifth place in Division One North on the back of a 7-0 success at Mansfield Town Res. Mercedes Assad bagged a hat-trick along with doubles from Danielle Pritchard and Bethany Wilcockson.
Loughborough Students Res have opened up a lead of five points at the top of Division One South, thanks to a 5-1 victory away to Raunds Town.
Eastern Region League
League Cup holders Hethersett Athletic are out of the competition this time around after they were beaten 3-2 by Barking, for whom Vicky Bruce (2) and Carly Copplestone were on the scoresheet. Joining the Essex side in the semi finals are Colchester Town, who knocked out Premier Division opponents Bedford Ladies 3-2 courtesy of a Hannah Porter brace and Lauren Richardson.
In the Premier Division, Stevenage Borough won 6-1 at Woodbridge Town to leave the home side still in the bottom two. Cara Breckenridge, Justine Emmins, Hayley Kemp, Amy Josland and an own goal saw Stevenage to the points. Thorpe Utd meanwhile ran out 4-0 winners over Braintree Town, Rebecca Lake scoring twice along with Rebecca Russell and Charlotte Groves.
Great Shelford have been confirmed as Division One North Champions after they triumphed 5-0 away to Fakenham Town, goals coming from Gemma Murray (2), Abigail Davies, Sarah Gee and Alison Wright. Norwich City Res look certain to finish second following their 1-0 success at Huntingdon Town, Luci Middleton scoring the only goal. A Jodie Sharp brace saw AFC Sudbury to a 2-0 victory over Bungay Town and Cambridge Women Res raced to a 9-1 win against Ipswich Wanderers, Samara Nche bagging a four-goal haul and Shannon Garner contributing a hat-trick with Maria Miscovcova and Mel Findlater completing the tally.
Haringey Borough were unable to close up much ground on Division One South leaders Colchester Town as they were held to a 4-4 draw by East Thurrock Utd. Sarah Cleary (2), Michelle Thomas and Erika Vareckova netted for Haringey with East Thurrock replying via a Katie Collier double, Kealey Farley and Kerry Mills. Freya Liiv and Ann Anstey gave Sawbridgeworth Town a 2-0 win over Royston Town which takes them into third whilst Chelmsford City kept their promotion hopes alive with a 5-2 victory against Hannakins, Emma Ridings and Lynsey Bowman each netting twice along with an own goal. Leverstock Green won for only the third time, beating Baldock Town 5-1 thanks to braces from Kelly Randall and Giselle Subryan, with Nicola Hollick adding the other.
London & South East League
Chichester City moved into second place in the Premier Division by scoring ten without reply past Wandgas and they now trail Eastbourne Town by six points, with two games in hand. Hemel Hempstead slip back into third after sharing four goals with AFC Wimbledon. Crawley Wasps eased to a 4-1 victory over Maidstone Town whilst Denham Utd leapfrogged Panthers into a mid-table position by beating them 4-0.
Kikk Utd have edged a further point clear at the top of Division One (London) as they battled out a 1-1 draw with MSA Ladies, who finally returned to league action following their Cup exploits. Fulham Compton OB kept their title challenge on course with a narrow 1-0 win over Brentford. Tottenham Hotspur Res were narrow 2-0 victors at Kent Magpies whilst Garston and Knaphill Wanderers each picked up an important point from their goalless draw.
North East League
Birtley Phoenix are having a fine season in the league and they have followed this up by winning 3-0 at Premier Division Whitley Bay in the League Cup, thanks to Hayley English, Vicky Mudd and Rachel Winchester. All of the other top division sides made it safely through, including leaders Hull City who defeated Wetherby Athletic 3-1 with goals from Rebecca Beech, Sian Bentley and Frankie Waller. Laura Elford netted both as Barnsley won 2-0 away to Guiseley, Sheffield Utd Community beat Lepton Highlanders with Tania Marsden and Cheryl Mahwood and Castleford White Rose progressed by defeating Malet Lambert YC 8-1 via doubles from Aimi Beresford, Kriss Greenwood and Tina Jenkins plus Danielle Sidebottom and an own goal. Michaela McHugh scored the only goal of the game as Birtley Town won 1-0 at California Ladies and Redcar Athletic were 5-2 victors over Durham City, Lisa Rutter and Stephanie Turnbull hitting braces along with Kirsty Ramsay.
Hessle Town have been involved in some high scoring matches in the Premier Division this season and Sunday was no exception as they won 9-5 against St Francis 2000. Toni Anholm scored a hat-trick along with Zoe Mitchell (2), Helen Mell, Jade Collier, Frances Hunter and Kayleigh James. Leanne Anderson, Charlotte Dinsdale and Rachel Hedley were on the scoresheet as Peterlee Town moved out of the bottom two by beating Scunthorpe Utd 3-1.
In the Northern Division, third placed Whitley Bay Res crashed to a 4-1 defeat at home to Norton & Stockton Ancients whilst Tynedale ran out 16-1 winners over Lumley.
Keepmoat Stadium moved level on points with Southern Division leaders Lepton Highlanders with a 2-1 success away to Wakefield Res, courtesy of a Lynn Goodman double. Hellen Molloy and Debbie Tomlinson each scored hat-tricks, with Rachael White adding the other as Kirklees ran out 7-3 winners over Bradford City A and Goole Town edged out Ossett Albion by the odd goal in seven thanks to Kassie Thompson (2), Sophie Hall and Francesca Speck.
North West League
Chorley are now twelve points clear at the top of the Premier Division following their 3-1 win away to Denton Town. Northwich Vixens and Burnley Girls & Ladies stay in the top half following their 2-2 draw but Bolton Wanderers are closing in on the top six after winning 4-0 at Preston North End. Bury Girls & Ladies meanwhile climbed off the bottom of the table at the expense of Wigan Athletic by beating them 3-1.
Things remain tight in Division One North where Morecambe defeated Southport Birkdale 5-1 to stay one point ahead of Penrith AFC who won 6-0 against Springfields (Preston). Blackpool Wren Rovers scored seven without reply at Warrington Town and Padiham beat Bolton Lads & Girls 4-1 to keep up their own respective title challenges. Carlisle complete the top half of the table following their 6-2 victory over Leigh RMI 6-2.
Division One South leaders Manchester University were held to a 3-3 draw by AFC Urmston Meadowside and this has given fresh hope to City of Manchester who won 7-2 at Liverpool Feds Res to leave themselves five points off the pace, with a game in hand. Brazil follow on in third after a 7-1 victory away to Macclesfield Town whilst Birkenhead were narrow 3-2 winners over Manchester Stingers. Glossop North End are still searching for their first win following their 1-0 defeat at home to Winsford.
South West League
Exeter City have gone six points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 1-0 win against Weymouth. Naomi Wilkins scored the only goal of the game but the win was marred for Exeter as Tamsin Braund sustained a broken collar bone. Salisbury City look set to finish in third as they were held to a goalless draw by Cheltenham Town. Oldland Abbotonians' revival continues as strikes from Jess Morgan and Jade Scammell gave them a 2-0 victory over Frome Town.
Downend Flyers march on towards the Eastern Division One title and preserved their seven point lead with a 3-0 win at Blandford Utd, Laura Baker scoring twice along with Grace Bunker. Cleeve West Town are now the only team which can still overhaul them and they kept those hopes alive by beating Swindon Supermarine 3-0 thanks to a Lizzie Barratt double and Karen Manson. Holly Miller scored four times and Jade Brammall the other as Bishop's Lydeard defeated Nailsea Utd 5-0 to go third, ahead of Cirencester Town who drew 3-3 with Bridgwater Town whose goals came from Emily Morris, Gemma Baker and Chelsea Pitt. Meanwhile Swindon Spitfires and Cam Bulldogs battled out a goalless draw which is likely to have left Cam the happier of the two sides.
In Western Division One, Morley Rangers moved themselves to within one point of table toppers Stoke Gabriel as Chynna Evans (2), Sarah-Jane Gregory (2) and Lauren Hewings earned them a 5-0 victory away to Callington Town.
Launceston completed the semi final line up in the Bristol Soccerworld Cup after they won 2-1 against Roche after extra time. Gemma Sanders scored both goals to set the Cornish side up with a tie against Swindon Supermarine in the last four.
Southern Region League
Oxford Utd stretched their lead to seven points as they won 2-0 at Launton and second placed Bracknell Town drew 2-2 with Aldershot Town, for whom Amy-Louise Hubbort and Caroline Shepherd were on target. Southampton Women continue to climb the table and their 3-0 victory over Oxford City has taken them into fourth, goals coming from Hannah Geer, Hannah Hewlett and Kellie Warren. Maidenhead Utd are back in mid-table following their 4-2 success against Andover New Street.
Mansfield Road and Oxford Utd Res battled out a 3-3 draw in Group A of the Jubilee Cup. Katie Warnaby, Holly Bridge and Elizabeth Betterbed scored for the home side with Oxford replying through Laura Allsop, Danielle Anderson and Heidi Bates. Sophie Veitch hit a hat-trick as Banbury Utd won 6-0 at Oxford City Blues, also on target were Rochelle Buick, Serina Milenkovic and Sarah Rhind. Stony Stratford Town and City Belles shared four goals in Group B whilst in Group C, an Ellernore Reed hat-trick gave Newbury Ladies & Girls a 3-0 victory over Reading Ladies. Marlow and Beaconsfield SYCOB finished level at 2-2 in the other game. Locks Heath defeated Boscombe Albion 3-1 in Group D, thanks to a Rachel Anderson hat-trick.
West Midlands League
Hereford Pegasus defeated Bradwell Belles 5-0 to cut the gap on leaders Solihull Ladies to four points. Leamington Lions are a further point adrift in third following their 8-0 victory over Kidderminster Harriers. Cannock were 1-0 winners at Lichfield Diamonds whilst Allscott returned from Stafford Town with a 5-1 victory. Stratford Town scored five without reply against Wednesfield Town to cement themselves in mid-table.
Wyrley Ladies preserved their nine point lead in Division One North with a 3-1 win at Walsall. They lead from FC Reedswood who beat Cottage Farm Rangers 2-1. Shifnal Harriers netted nine times past Silverdale to remain in fourth, ahead of Cresswell Wanderers who were 3-1 victors over Chasetown whilst Coseley Town won 5-0 at Port Vale.
The leadership in Division One South changed hands once again with Coventry Sphinx returning to the top by winning 1-0 at Knowle. B & WM Police also won 1-0 against Marston Green to go second and in the other game, Crusaders defeated KGV 7-0.
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